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Quercy Vert – Aveyron

Green, water and a hint of mystery

Between a mystery dating back more than 176,000 years, perched castles, a pentogliss or an aquazone, the Quercy Vert – Aveyron territory has something to surprise with enchantment.

Located at the gates of Montauban and in the north-eastern part of the Tarn-et-Garonne department, the Quercy Vert – Aveyron territory brings together a multitude of attractions, both historical and recreational. The perched castles of Bruniquel are one of the jewels of the Gorges de l’Aveyron, an undisputed setting for filming or lyrical concerts. The village which stretches out at the foot of its facades is classified “Most Beautiful Villages of France” . Neanderthals were also able to appreciate the environmental quality of the place, having settled there more than 170,000 years ago.

The territory of Quercy Vert – Aveyron is also preserved natural spaces such as the Gorges de l’Aveyron or the lakes converted into places for bathing in natural water. The Monclar-de-Quercy leisure center offers its Aquazone-Monclar park , recognized as the first floating water park in the region!

Interpret the material clues that the Neanderthals left us … but there remains a part of the unknown linked to the immateriality of thought and metaphysical aspirations.

Marylène Patou-Mathis - Préhistorienne

The Neanderthal mystery

The oldest human construction was discovered in Bruniquel , carried out 176,000 years ago. These are two circles formed by nearly 400 pieces of stalagmites carefully cut, calibrated and erected over 112 meters. This site could be a place of worship arranged by Neanderthals. This discovery upsets current knowledge of prehistory, because until now, the oldest evidence of human use of a cave dates from 30,000 to 32,000 years ago, with the site of the Chauvet cave (Ardèche). The Bruniquel cave can  not be visited but there are many activities around Prehistory to do.

At the prehistoric camp, young and old can learn flint cutting, do excavations and light a fire, discover different types of habitats in the middle of nature. The Bruniquel castles host a room dedicated to the Bruniquel cave presenting fossils and objects related to stonework and some of the prehistoric remains found in the rock shelters, discovered at the foot of the castles.

Let’s hoist the flag!

Where to bathe with the guarantee of good quality water? In Monclar-de-Quercy of course! The Blue Flag label, an internationally recognized label, is the guarantee of good environmental quality. Going to the Blue Flag beach of the 3 lakes leisure center in Monclar-de-Quercy means choosing a site that cares about the environment and the future of our children. The equipment makes it possible to educate visitors and guide them towards eco-responsible behavior.

These environmental efforts made it possible to install the Aquazone – Monclar park. This spectacular attraction, generating adrenaline, can accommodate 146 people simultaneously: on this huge “inflatable merry-go-round”, it is possible to jump, climb, swing, run, be catapulted, slide, dive, participate in duels and to friendly games… Thrills and laughter guaranteed, in complete safety, under surveillance.

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